What is a Gas Compliance Certificate?
A gas compliance certificate is an important piece of paper when it comes to gas works in your home or business. They are a necessity when it comes to gas installations, irrelevant of their size or power so if you want to know a little more about them, what they do and whether you need one, keep on reading!
Do I need a gas compliance certificate?
If you have any gas network connected systems, you need a certificate of compliance. It is to show that the installation of the system was done correctly, in line with all relevant regulations and standards and has been tested for any faults or defects.
Who can supply a gas service certificate?
A licensed and qualified gas fitter is the only person that can provide a certificate of compliance when it comes to gas works. Remember, if the gas fitter is not licensed (or you are trying to do the works yourself), this may void your insurance or your manufacturer’s warranty, as well as being dangerous and illegal.
How do I get a gas compliance certificate?
In order to obtain a certificate of compliance, you must ensure a licensed and qualified gas fitter is completing the works on your gas installation every time. Once the gas work has been completed, within 5 business days the gas fitter must test for defects and provide you with a certificate of compliance. If you are unsure, make sure you speak to the gas fitter completing the works, as they will be able to answer any questions you may have.
Why do I need a gas compliance certificate?
All gas works require a gas compliance certificate just in case any problems occur in the future. If issues do arise and they are due to workmanship that is defective, the gas fitter who completed the works and presented you with the certificate will be required to fix the problem for you.
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What about certificates of inspection?
A certificate of inspection and a gas compliance certificate are two different requirements for two different systems. If works are being completed on a gas installation that is not connected to a gas network, you will need a certificate of inspection. If the installation is connected to a gas network however, a certificate of compliance is the appropriate piece of paper to be given after the works are complete. If you need a certificate of inspection you will also need a compliance plate so, if you are unsure, make sure you ask your licensed gas fitter and they will be able to assist you.
Is there anything I need to do once I’ve received a gas compliance certificate?
Only keep it in a safe spot! If anything occurs, you will need a copy for your reference, as well as for other parties such as your insurance company or the gas fitter who completed the works for you. Gas fitters must hold on to every gas compliance certificate they have completed within the last 5 years, as well as providing one to the most appropriate network provider and NSW Fair Trading, but it is best that you have one too!
Although it isn’t compulsory, it is highly recommended that you get all gas installations tested every 3-5 years to ensure they are safe and not worn out. If you have any questions about gas compliance certificates, need your systems checked or require one for an installation in your home or business, give us a call today on 0406 400 200 or complete our contact form.